With Renate Meves and Gerd Hübinger. A woman looks during lovemaking to the viewer.
"Way to the neighbor" is a ten-minute opus that Lutz Mommartz commented as follows: "A women communicates with the audience." More, in fact, does not happen. The devoted rapture in the face of the actor lets the viewer imagine that this is not a compulsory exercise, but a pleasurable freestyle happening. Lutz Mommartz is the purist among German filmmakers. His scenes focus on the basic elements of movement and rest, of tense and relaxation. He forces with the suggestive power of repeated banality the audience into the rhythm of his cinematic action. (THOMAS SCHRÖDER, DIE WELT, 12.10.68)
"Way to the neighbor" consists of a shot in a single take close-up of a woman's face. Expression and movement are clear: The woman is having sex with a man and reaches twice a climax. (FILM, JAN. 69)
The audience watches in the face of a young female performer the climax of love. (STERN, 17.11.68)
One short work of art is the face of a girl having two ethereal orgasms, and rather nice, too: Happiness and art no doubt. (THE OBSERVER, 30.8.70)
The Lutz Mommartz Film Archive is a collection of the film works of German film-maker Lutz Mommartz, considered to be one of the pioneers in the film genre known as the "other cinema". Mommartz was born in Erkelenz in 1934 and spent most of his life in Düsseldorf. He began making movies in 1967 and eventually became Professor of Film at the Kunstakademie Münster. He still lives and works in Germany, dividing his time between Düsseldorf and Berlin.
September 23, 2019 Subject:
Doesn't her face just tell you all you need - the rest is up to you - very subtle - I loved this - would have just liked a little more of her
September 1, 2016 Subject:
I'm wondering if Momartz knows about a series of films called "Beautiful Agony?" They're either based on this early work, or someone else stumbled onto the idea unassisted.
This will long stand as the definition of the genre as well it should.
If you'll watch a little closer, the creaking bed sounds were added in post -- they don't sync up, even if you pull the audio and try to realign it, or so I've heard.
December 29, 2013 Subject:
March 25, 2010 Subject:
Such a doll
I am 59yrs old.I experienced the so called hippie-freelove-woodstock thing..but I cant remembr ever having a woman look at me like this one looked at "ole Gerd". Lucky boy. And I dont really care for porn etc. I dont care to watch other people do what I can do better? But I couldnt take my eyes away from this charming little film. It makes you feel good. Its a tonic for the soul.
October 15, 2009 Subject:
Beautiful movie & beautiful woman.
January 11, 2009 Subject:
How do I down load this?
Just wondering if i can?
January 1, 2009 Subject:
An erotic film without showing some skin that works!
April 11, 2007 Subject:
This film is brilliant and lovely and unsettling.
The glitches and pops make it perfect.
December 12, 2006 Subject:
I'm awed by this wonderful, beautiful, special film
July 21, 2006 Subject:
This is the most beautiful woman i have ever seen. I doubt that I will ever see a person with such lovely expression, and it's great that this is on film.
December 19, 2005 Subject:
Reviewer:left wing films
December 1, 2005 Subject:
love meets art
I must say I m a geek for Richard Kern Experimental 16mm BW and Warhol 16mm BW which could lead me to say that I like this one
but much more than that as I edited it and busted it from my G4 Powerbook into my living room wall while listening to
Tchaikovsky 's Elegia, Serenade For String Orchestra in loop and totally adore it
A 5 stars must see